BurdaStyle Review

BurdaStyle is a website where you can purchase patterns following the latest trends.  Patterns cost around $6 (per pattern), you pay online then download the pattern and print it off.  What you will get is a stack of A4 sheets of paper that you then need to stick together.  All sheets are well labelled so you can’t get it wrong.



I believe their sizing is true to size and consistent with all the items I have made so far.

Seam allowances are not included in these patterns so you must add them before cutting out your fabric.

BurdaStyle instructions are written only so there are no diagrams to help you along.  This can be difficult for absolute beginners.  For my students I am more than happy to assist you.

You can sign up to become a member at BurdaStyle.  Apart from being bombarded by what feels like hundreds of newsletters and updates, you can post pictures of the garments you have made, ask questions and be part of the sewing community.  You can also sell any items you make.  You can follow my profile MissMarySews over here.

BurdaStyle have an Academy which includes a range of Sew Alongs, online courses and video tutorials which I am yet to review.

Be sure to check out my BurdaStyle Projects here on the blog.


Best Sewing Machines


Over the years (7 in fact!) day in and day out I have worked with hundreds of students using hundreds of sewing machines.  Different brands and different models, computerised, mechanical and vintage, you name it we’ve worked with it!  On a daily basis I am asked which machine should I buy?  And I consistently hear, “oh I should have waited to buy before rushing out!”

My business is about teaching those people who think they can’t even sew a stitch, its about those who want extra knowledge so they can sew the items that are of interest to them whether it be for their family, themselves or to decorate their house.  And so, since day one, I have been accepting of every model of sewing machine at every price range and I always will.

With recent meetings, I am very excited to be collaborating with Janome and Bernina, two outstanding sewing machine brands that over the years I have grown to fancy.
Our objective being that we wish to provide brilliant service, guidance and encouragement to sewists of every level.  Miss Mary students past, present and future will be given the best prices along with bonuses, when purchasing from selected stores.  For particular details please drop me an email or visit my website.  I will also have stock of some accessories such as bobbins and presser feet.

There are several machines available to try during class or at any time that suits you.  Whether you are thinking about upgrading or not, I invite you to see what all the fuss is about.  Sewing Group students please drop me an email and let me know that you would like to have a go on one of the machines for your lesson (no charge of course).

Kids Sewing Classes in Perth – Sept/Oct 2015

Kids sewing classes are open for enrolment and I was a wee bit excited coming up with this project…

Strawberry PJ Bag

I recently took the children to Bullsbrook Strawberry Farm so we could pick our own strawberries.  It was fun and we came home with a stack of them, although admittedly we ate so many while we were there that most of them went into the freezer ready for sorbet and strawberry daiquiris!

So this is what we’ll be making…check out my Kids Classes on the menu to get all the details.

And Im thinking a tutorial might be needed for this beauty!

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Bunny Apron – Just In Time for Easter

I found this on Pinterest a little while ago, it is adorable!  You know me Im not one to try new patterns often as I have so many of my own ideas and never have enough time in my week to produce them all.  Such a gorgeous idea, I encourage you to buy this pattern and support independent designers, it costs only $12AU (approx).

Here is the link and you must also check out Anneliese’s other patterns…simply divine.

Lieschen Mueller – Bunny Apron Pattern

It is a dress pattern, however I didn’t purchase enough fabric so made it into an apron.  I photographed this on Lulu with nothing underneath but she will wear this with a white tee and some skinny jeans or leggings and still wear it as a dress and not in the kitchen!  I used poplin so hopefully little or no ironing will be needed.

I will go searching for some other fabric as I really love the way Anneliese has put this together with an adjustable elastic back just by using the elastic and left over elastic you probably have at home…no searching for adjustable elastic!  When you do purchase fabric for this, make sure the fabric is 150cm wide, otherwise you will need about 1.50 metres of fabric and you will need to alter the pattern slightly.   It’s simple enough, just cut the skirt piece into two pieces.

Oh and the other thing…I take these photos of Lulu, I took about fifty photos Im usually happy with two or three but this shoot I could only narrow it down to about twenty so you have to see all of them.



























Lulu Dress

This dress is the cutest!  It includes many skills for the beginner sewer…invisible zipper, gathering, top stitching and make your own bias binding.  Admittedly not for the absolute beginner but after a few lessons a perfect dress for you to master.








As this dress has a zipper it means you really need a perfect fit.  Please bring a chest measurement with you so we can choose the best size.

Fabric Requirements

18cm invisible zipper required for all sizes

Size 1-18 months

Fabric – 1 metre and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 2

Fabric – 1.10 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 3

Fabric – 1.2 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 4

Fabric – 1.3 metres and 30cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 5

Fabric – 1.4 metres and 40cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding

Size 6

Fabric – 1.5 metres and 40cm fabric or 1 fat quarter in a contrast colour for bias binding